Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I don't eat to impress you.

Something that may or may not come as a total shock to some folks, I am a fatty who likes a variety of foods.

I also like to eat (when I can afford it) a lot of vegetables and stuff.

Lately when I have been left to my own devices to shop for lunches I buy stuff to snack on.

Here's the thing public.

I don't buy food to impress you, get brownie points, for pats on the back, for kudos or clucking tongues.

I buy food to eat when I am fucking hungry.

And I like food quite a lot and will buy what I have a taste for.

So when I buy my stand bys of sparkly water, a bell pepper and whatever entree I'm buying that because that is what I like to eat.

I don't know if I can adequately express how angry it is when people talk to me like I'm a toddler who just pooped in the big potty because I'm eating or am presumed to be about to eat a vegetable or other healthy item.

Similarly, don't talk down to me because I went to Wendy's the other day.

I am not five years old.

As a matter of fact let's talk about how I eat.

I have learned to listen to my body more closely. Sometimes I really need to eat way more than I do. I also am not always sure what will satiate me and keep my blood sugar up and how long I should wait between meals.

Shit is fucking complicated enough for me without any extra commentary from random ass people who seem to think that I'm not only Black but fat too and therefor obviously can't read nutritional information for myself.

No one on the planet needs strangers to walk up to them in the store and start yammering about diets, carbs and sugar.

Keep t to yourself unless I ask you.

While we're at it, I really don't appreciate it when I talk about a food, a brand, a store and someone feels the need to swoop in and educate me.

Look.

I don't have the time nor spoons nor resources to research and give provenance to everything I put in my mouth.

Here's the thing about that. I'm not wealthy, I can't always buy the best most awesome most ethical food all the time  because it's expensive. That's just how it is.

And I am not willing to not eat or eat way less than I do for a cause. I'm just not that is a hard limit for me. It bothers me that people want to vomit that type of information all over me and wait for me to make some big proclamation about how changed my life is.

The only time it's okay to do this is if you then provide me with the extra money for the most ethical most natural least offensive or evil foods ever.

When it comes to eating and food, the prescriptive attitude need to stop. You cannot dictate how other peoples bodies run no matter what food science or anything else says.

If your way of eating means that you research and eat as ethically as you can and grow your own food and don't eat anything with a face or whatever that's great. That's awesome and I applaud you.

What I don't applaud is if you decide that everyone must eat that way.

You eat the way that makes you feel the way you want to feel and I will do the same.

That's all for right now I have a bell pepper to eat.

Homo Out.
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